I’m publishing a summary listing of general things you can do to resolve this problem, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance, because several readers write about their computer responding slowly.
Maybe the most important factor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Often this is related to downloading an application that contains spyware, by not having browser security settings large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security areas regularly.
Action 1. Update the explanations of your anti-virus and operate a full scan of your hard drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable issues. Note that some viruses need additional steps until they may be removed; normally a web search will find specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the Bc forums to request assistance, if you fail to find a solution.
Step 2. If the slowness is unexpected, and you have recently saved an application, the problem may live there. Test this by fully removing it. A sensible user will generally perform a internet search about the program before getting because in most instances, any potential problem with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Stage three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Internet.
Revise the explanations of your anti-spyware applications and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced customers will regularly run two or three of these applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own established. (A list of really great, free anti spyware programs is provided by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
Step 4. Review apps that self-launching on startup. You computer can be a arena for your attention. Many programs, for example, install a quick-launch feature which allows them to be opened swiftly; other programs will include an automated update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to handle start ups is to utilize one of many little resources available (see the Bc list of free apps). If you’re unsure about what may be safely deleted, remember that BC maintains a really comprehensive Startup Database that contains info about whether the item is required, discretionary, or unnecessary.
At-the same time, remember that all those symbols on your own Background also take a modest amount of boot time to place themselves.
Absence of Care
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Action 7). Delete unused programs and move old files into a CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you haven’t used in two years, software for the old printer you threw away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete.
(Note for advanced level users: some professionals would comprise the added upkeep step of cleaning up the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a major difference, and unless you are quite comfortable with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you can do severe damage by creating registry changes, so this measure is not contained
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it repair Error 3159.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will place related sections of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hard drive to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up plans.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you’ll find a noticeable improvement in computer performance.